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This Blue Ball

This Blue Ball

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From an unearthly distance, earth seems blue – but not where we stand. Life seems predictable because we live backwards, always seeing into and repeating the past, but sometimes the future surprises – and sometimes you surprise yourself. This novel tells of a contact with an extraterrestrial intelligence and illuminates the tragic confluence of a handful of lives though this alien light.
From an unearthly distance, earth seems blue – but not where we stand. Life seems predictable because we live backwards, always seeing into and repeating the past, but sometimes the future surprises – and sometimes you surprise yourself. This novel tells of a contact with an extraterrestrial intelligence and illuminates the tragic confluence of a handful of lives though this alien light.

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This Blue Ball
A Weblog Novel
Presented by Wayne MillerVersion 1.0http://thisblueball.comhttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.5/
 © 2005 Wayne V. Miller
 
2 – This Blue Ball
The following is supposed to be a novel. The text is not my own, but signedover to me by a man unknown to me but for a few communications throughemail. When he first approached me, I was surprised that my spam filter let himthrough. “I’ve tried several times before,” he admitted. “Why in the world,” Ireplied, “would you give me this to be posted online? Why not post ityourself?” “Because,” he wrote back, “for me it is not fiction. But it must befiction, and so someone like you, who could never believe in its contents, must be the author.” “I’m not the author,” I sent back to him, rather indignant, “and Iwould never present myself as such. In fact, if I were to post this for whatever reason, then it would be with our exchange prepended to the document.”Almost immediately, he replied: “Perfect! Your attestation will provide the veryevidence I desire; in this case, nothing could appear more fictional than thetruth.”We communicated a few more times, but I could make no more sense of whathe wrote me than what I’ve picked out above. I suggested a pen name or anonymous publication, but he insisted that such border fictions wouldundermine the fundamental one. When he sent me the document, I couldn’thelp myself, first from reading the whole thing, then from suggesting a number of changes and edits for readability. He accepted them wholesale, and thenadded: “Now the text belongs to you.” None of my subsequent emails wereanswered; the email address ceased to exist. His name proved to be a dead-end.I’ve researched as much as I can without seeing any piece of the text confirmedor even suggested in reality. None of it appears under anyone else’s name. Still,it is against my better judgment that I share the document on the Internet, moreor less as it was shared with me. It is protected – and freed – by a CreativeCommons license. Make of it what you will.
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Go read the last page to see the preamble. It is the 39th entry, but it was placedfirst in the text. Read it now, or when you've finished the text.
 
This Blue Ball - 3
Weblog: This Blue BallNo. 1
– There won’t be dates in this weblog, for reasons of security and caution.Entries will appear no more than one a day, but not necessarily when I’vesubmitted them. As we progress you’ll get a sense for why I am so obsessed.Perhaps it will suffice for now to point briefly to the genesis. I am dedicatingthis little website to the memory of a good friend, whom I never met, a self-designated hacker by the
nom de raconteur 
of Craig Phissure. A small number of years ago, hacker Phissure came across what he thought was undeniableevidence of the existence of aliens – extraterrestrial intelligence. In an effort to publicize this discovery, Phissure established a website and founded a societywith some dozen of his closest associates, a group which he officially dubbedthe
Society for this Blue Ball in a Big Black Void 
. I don’t think the other members thought much of this name, inasmuch as its acronym did not play on asexual or scatological function, but they recognized and respected Phissure’srole as leader and dominant voice. The “Frequently Asked Questions” portionof the site was a monument to Phissure’s style and influence, and we’ll haveoccasion to return to it by-and-by.What the FAQ won’t show is that within six months of its publication, a seriesof mind-boggling coincidences removed every society member from the surfaceof this blue ball. Each death in turn was deemed an accident, except one caseinvolving a gunshot to the head in a dead-end room in a seedy hotel. They allhad a certain plausibility – a single-car accident here, a heart attack there, a hit-and-run over there – if you did not tally them out and timeline them. Since thesewere for the most part virtual associates, spread across the continent, there wasno one person left to do that work.The website disappeared shortly after the untimely death of Craig Phissure, mayhe rest in peace. Not only did it disappear, but the fact of its existence becameimpossible to prove if one did not have the site mirrored locally, on one’s owndrive. All the major search engines displayed no knowledge of the site.
Whois
 and other registration sites denied any once or present ownership of 
thisblueball.org 
. Attempts to repost any amount of the original texts led toservers crashing, files disappearing and various forms of intimidation: identitytheft, surveillance by investigators for who knows what imputed crime, and plain old threatening phone calls. This strategy, heavy-handed as it was,succeeded in isolating the
 Blue Ball 
doctrine, quarantined in the coffins of society members and in archived disks of a frightened few. And this effort

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